Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park is located in Eastern Rwanda, and it overlooks the savannah plains of Tanzania. This park, the only protected savannah region of the country, shelters a range of lakes including Ihema-the second largest in Rwanda, as well as Rwanyakizinga, Shakani, Mihindi, and Gishanju lakes which together combine to form the largest wetland system in the whole of central Africa

Following the end of the Rwandan Genocide, the national park was depleted, with returning refugees using trees for timber and wildlife food- lions were hunted to extinction, as were Rhinos. Biodiversity was almost completely ruined and tourism and local commerce disappeared

The park has recovered remarkably, so much in that in 2017 it witnessed the return of black Rhinos for the first time and after the reintroduction of lions, their population is now on an increase. With strict anti-poaching monitoring methods in effects, elephants, buffaloes, and leopards have also been spotted again, with a growing population of monkeys as well

The park offers the traditional suite of savannah Rwanda safaris experience, with game drives and lake adventures, boat cruises, birding, and nature walks. Bathing in the waters is strictly forbidden since they are the home of some of the largest concentrations of hippos in East Africa

Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park

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